All He Needs Is A Handlebar Mustache To Twirl
Let me preface my question by saying that I already know that the answer is "because the writers are incapable of depth, layers and quality" and, further, that I am aware that looking for reason in the choices that the All My Children powers-that-be make is a futile exercise that will only cause me pain in the long run, but I have to ask, just for discussion's sake: what the hell is the deal with David?
David Hayward has always been bad. At his core, he's a scheming bastard, but his schemes and his cruel quips and the fact that he is generally just a dick were always tempered by the fact that he was capable of being a caring human being I loved his relationships with Greenlee and Bianca, before hebetrayed Bianca by keeping the Bess/Miranda secret? Now I half expect him to start tying characters to train-tracks, because he is being written as THAT cartoonish and over-the-top (and also because being tied to train-tracks is one tragedy that has not yet happened to Kendall and, really, it's only a matter of time before the writers go that route).
He drugs Krystal and uses her grief over Babe's death to isolate her and keep her dependent solely on him, he pays Amanda to push JR off the wagon in some elaborate plan to get custody of Little Adam (and don't you love how the people who claim to love Dixie think nothing of ruining her son's life whenever it suits their needs? Funny how that happens), he forced Joe Martin to resign as Chief of Staff for some trumped up reason that I barely remember and probably didn't make any sense at all, he has deluded himself into thinking that he and Babe had any sort of real relationship that justifies him, like, setting Pine Valley on fire because of his powerful grief,he makes mean comments about Opal (!!!) and he's disgusting on top of it all
Tad:What did you do to Krystal?
David: Everything you couldn't. And even more.
Vom! I apologize for not being able to be more eloquent than that, but it's seriously all I can come up with for his story as a whole. Vom. Vom. Vom.